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Frequently Asked Questions

Information for prospective and admitted students from the Office of Admission regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please visit the University's COVID-19 response website for general FAQs. Updated May 7, 2020.




Before I commit to the school, will Puget Sound be open for classes next year?

Yes! Puget Sound is a strong and stable institution, well prepared to weather the current pandemic with creativity and resilience. While the current situation requires us to modify our operations to adhere to public health guidelines, our courses continue, along with academic support services, career and employment services, and more. We look forward to welcoming the Class of 2024 to Puget Sound.

Will campus operate as normal in the fall?

We plan to welcome new and returning students to campus in the fall and resume in-person courses, residence life, student activities and more, while adhering to public health guidelines. We are planning for contingencies--including the continuation of remote learning--if needed. We anticipate receiving further guidance from the Washington state governor and public health officials in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, we are committed to providing all students with a challenging academic experience led by Puget Sound's faculty and complemented by a full range of academic and other support services.

Will changes in senior year courses, grading scales, or school closures affect my admission or scholarship decision?

Coronavirus-related changes in your current school’s operations will not affect your admission or scholarship decision at Puget Sound. We are committed to putting students first and we will be flexible to changes that are beyond a student's control.

I need more time to make my decision. Can I still attend Puget Sound if I don’t make my deposit by May 1?

We understand that students and families need more time to make their decisions in this uncertain environment. Our deposit deadline has been extended to June 1, which still allows time for course registration, orientation, and other activities designed to ensure a successful first year at Puget Sound.

The School of Education deposit deadline has moved to May 30. The School of Physical Therapy and the School of Occupational Therapy are still operating on a May 1 deadline. We will notify admitted graduate students of any changes to the enrollment deadline.

Is it possible to defer my enrollment if I am unable to physically be on campus due to COVID-19?

You may request a deferral for one semester or one academic year. Please review our deferral policy for more information and the link to the application. We understand that many circumstances are beyond your control and that deferring may be necessary, but we encourage you to reach out before deciding to defer so we can help to advise you through the process.


Can I still apply for admission to Puget Sound for fall 2020?

Yes, you can still submit a transfer or first-year application for admission to Puget Sound via the Common App. We invite you to attend a virtual information session and connect with a counselor to find out more about studying with us.

Will COVID-19 impact admission operations or the timing of admission notifications?

The Office of Admission is currently operating remotely, and we are available to continue reviewing applications, answering questions, and offering support. We are continuing as scheduled with admission decision releases and financial aid notifications.

What do I do if my SAT, ACT, IB, or AP exam has been canceled and I can no longer submit scores?

We understand that many test centers have suspended operations, and we are happy to work with you to accommodate your situation. If you are unable to submit current SAT scores, please reach out to your admission counselor for assistance. If your AP or IB tests have been cancelled, don’t worry. Test cancellations will not impact your admission or financial aid offers, and we encourage you to focus on completing graduation requirements and staying well.

Puget Sound is also test-optional, which means applicants have the option to answer essay questions in lieu of SAT or ACT scores.

How do I send transcripts and other documents if my school is closed?

If you don’t have access to an official transcript, we will temporarily accept an unofficial electronic transcript from you or your school counselor until an official one becomes available. If you do not have access to an unofficial transcript, please contact us so we can work with you individually.

Can I schedule a visit to campus?

We hope you’ll explore our online information sessions and virtual tour, since in-person campus tours and information sessions are canceled until further notice. Campus will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so, and Puget Sound will continue to update the COVID-19 response page with the latest updates.  

Can I still talk with an admission counselor?

Yes, you can reach out to your regional admission counselor by phone or email or schedule a one-on-one video call. Live chat is available on our website and you can also contact the Office of Admission at 253.879.3211 or We are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time.